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Seeking information about Jack Ayk, World War I veteran

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am

My name is Patrick Lernout. I live in Waregem, Belgium, at about one mile from the U.S. Flanders Field military cemetery. I have written a book that tells the story of each soldier buried in the cemetery. This book is now published in Flemish and will be published in English in the USA in 2014. That book is a great tribute to those young Americans who gave their lives for the freedom of my country. You can see more about the book on www.flandersfieldbook.be.

This is a last try for information on a soldier from San Joaquin County, especially for a picture of him. I have pictures of most of the soldiers buried in the cemetery, but not of Jack Ayk from Stockton. He died of wounds on Nov. 4, 1918, seven days before the end of the war. He had immigrated in 1917 from the Netherlands, and his original name was Jacobus Van Eyck. He worked in a sugar factory in Manteca.

So, can anybody help me with a picture of Jack Ayk (Jacobus Van Eyck)? Sometimes an illustrated “Roll of Honor book” was published in the county or veteran pictures are exposed in the city hall.

Thank you very much in advance. Email with information or questions to patrick.lernout@telenet.be.

Patrik Lernout

Waregem, Belgium

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:32 pm on Thu, Jun 20, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Unfortunately, I cannot help Mr. Lehnout find any information about Jack Ayk, (Jacobus Van Eyck), but anyone reading this letter, please visit his website and witness the great work of love and time that Mr. Lehnout has put into honoring the American soldiers KIA of WWI who are buried on Flanders Field.

    My grandfather served in the British Army during WWI and was wounded, a large piece of his skull is still somewhere in Europe, and he was discharged and then emigrated to America and joined the US Army Corps of Engineers, dedicated to serving the cause of freedom against the Kaiser.

    I was really moved by the manner in which members of the US military were honored in the early 20th century as shown on Mr. Lehnout's website. This tradition should be revived as so many of our own have fallen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, Bosnia and all of the other spots on Earth where American military have fallen.

    The website of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier states, "Soldiers never die until they are forgotten."

    Let's hope someone remembers Jacobus Van Eyck, Jack Ayk.

     

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